NYPD Union Calls Police Commissioner A Liar, Says Streets Are Falling to Chaos

PBA President Patrick Lynch warned that NYPD has no one leading it after Officer Daniel Pantaleo was fired on Monday.

New York, NY –The police union president strongly condemned New York Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner James O’Neill’s decision to fire Officer Daniel Pantaleo in connection with the death of Eric Garner and warned that the city was in trouble.

“Turn the flag upside down - we’re in distress,” Police Benevolent Association (PBA) President Patrick Lynch told reporters at a press conference after Commissioner O’Neill announced Officer Pantaleo’s termination.

“The captain has jumped ship,” Lynch continued. “The mayor told him to do it. And the streets are falling to chaos.”

The union boss said that “justice had not been served” by Officer Pantaleo’s termination but that it had confirmed that the police commissioner and the mayor were all about politics and not about justice.

“The job is dead because the leadership of this city and the police department is absolute afraid of the criminal advocates,” Lynch said. “And based this decision not on the facts, but based this decision on the politics. What makes it equally sad is that due process is now gone for New York City police officers.”

He accused the commissioner of running to “the corner that has the loudest crowd,” and said he had made self-preservation first over fact.

In his announcement of the termination, Commissioner O’Neill said that he was confident NYPD officers would respect his decision in the matter and would understand why he had done it and brushed off concerns about the police union’s reaction.

But an NYPD official told Blue Lives Matter that the effects of Commissioner O’Neill’s decision would be quickly felt on the city streets.

“I think that guys will be much less likely to be proactive, much less likely to chase people down,” he predicted. “They’ll be more likely to just take a report.”

He told Blue Lives Matter that he thought the pushback that has been seen in the streets lately – meaning the recent water attacks and last Saturday night’s near riot that left several NYPD officers injured – was going to get worse.

Lynch called out Commissioner O’Neill’s own remarks about having been a police officer.

“To try to say ‘I was a cop for 34 years but now I’m the commissioner, I go by different rules’ is absolutely wrong,” the union boss ranted. “This was not a crime. It was a chaotic situation.”

Lynch pointed out several times that when Garner died, then-Chief of Patrol O’Neill visited the station house and said that Officer Pantaleo had done nothing wrong and that the department had his back.

He asked what had changed the commissioner’s mind since then and referred to him as Pinocchio a number of times during the press conference.

Lynch said the PBA was calling for a no confidence vote on Mayor Bill de Blasio and the police commissioner of the City of New York

“It’s absolutely essential that the world know the New York City Police Department is ‘rudderless and frozen.’ The leadership has abandoned ship and left our police officers on the street, alone, without backing,” he claimed.

“This mayor needs to be removed. The police commissioner needs to know he has lost the police department,” Lynch said. “There is no confidence in their leadership at City Hall and One Police Plaza.”

Officer Pantaleo’s attorney, Stuart London, told reporters that his client had been notified of his termination 13 minutes before Commissioner O’Neill announced it publicly.

He called the commissioner’s decision “ridiculous, arbitrary, and capricious.”

London also said that at the very last minute, the commissioner had backed out of an agreement they’d made to let Officer Pantaleo, a 13-year veteran of the NYPD, keep his vested pension.

He said that as of Friday, NYPD was preparing the pension paperwork for the officer and then he received a text, shortly after the mayor and the police commissioner did a press conference together, telling him the paperwork wasn’t coming.

London said that for de Blasio, the justice that he had publicly promised so many times to the Garner family had to be a firing with no pension for Officer Pantaleo.

Commissioner O’Neill denied that City Hall had pressured him to fire the officer.

Officer Pantaleo had been suspended since Aug. 2 after an NYPD trial judge said he was guilty of using a chokehold on Eric Garner and should be fired.

NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Trials Rosemarie Maldonado issued a non-binding verdict that said Officer Pantaleo was not guilty of aggravated assault or obstructing breathing, but that he had violated department policy regarding the use of chokeholds, WABC reported.

In her decision, Maldonado said she found Officer Pantaleo’s denial of having used a chokehold on Garner “implausible and self-serving,” The New York Times reported.

She claimed the video and the autopsy showed “overwhelming evidence” Officer Pantaleo had used a chokehold despite being trained not to.

Deputy Commissioner Maldonado’s recommendation was forwarded to NYPD Police Commissioner James O’Neill, who held the power to make the ultimate determination about the fate of the officer’s employment.

Officer Pantaleo was on desk duty for five years after the incident with Garner in July of 2014 until he was suspended on Aug. 2.

Garner was arrested by NYPD officers on July 17, 2014, after police stopped him for selling individual, untaxed loose cigarettes on a city sidewalk.

He resisted arrest and fought with officers who struggled to take the 350-pound man into custody.

In the process of subduing Garner, video taken by witnesses showed that Officer Pantaleo had his arm around Garner's neck and pressed his face against the sidewalk.

Garner repeatedly told officers “I can’t breathe,” a phrase that became a rallying cry for Black Lives Matter in the months that followed.

Officer Pantaleo later said he tried to use a “seatbelt maneuver” on Garner, and did not mean to put the much larger man into a choke hold.

Garner lost consciousness on the sidewalk, and died in the hospital an hour later from a medical emergency.

The autopsy report showed no damage to any area of his neck, and it was determined that he died of a medical emergency induced by officers who were arresting him. The medical examiner declared it was a homicide.

A New York Grand Jury declined to indict on any criminal charges.

The federal inquiry has dragged on for five years and ended with federal prosecutors deciding not to charge Officer Pantaleo.

Despite the fact that nobody thought there was any criminal wrongdoing, Commissioner O’Neill told reporters that he was taking the trial judge’s recommendation in firing the officer.

Lynch announced that the PBA would be handing out “guides” for use by their members in performing their jobs going forward.

He explained that they were basically patrol handbooks that outlined specifically what the NYPD wanted them to do in every situation and said that officers were to follow them exactly.

“Every police officer needs to understand that if an arrest ends in tragedy, they’re on their own because city isn’t going to back them up,” Lynch said.

He said the handbooks were “a guide until they decide it’s not.”

“We’re saying go by the patrol guide rules. It’s their rules,” Lynch explained. “The geniuses at headquarters made up these rules so use them.”

The union boss also said PBA would be asking the governor to have the mayor removed from office for abandoning his post and participating in anti-police rhetoric that has gotten officers killed.

He said de Blasio hasn’t been around to deal with the chaos going on in his city because he’s too busy running around the country trying to get another job.

“The mayor needs to be removed,” Lynch insisted.

London said that now-former Officer Pantaleo would be filing an appeal of his termination under Article 78.

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Gap Filler
Gap Filler

"The autopsy report showed no damage to any area of his neck, and it was determined that he died of a medical emergency induced by officers who were arresting him. The medical examiner declared it was a homicide"

I highly disagree with this characterization of the incident in question. If this man would have complied as he had been ordered to several times by law enforcement, this would have never happened, so the fact that he is now dead is HIS own fault and no one else's and certainly doesn't rest on the shoulders of law enforcement or any one officer.

This was nothing but a witch hunt from the beginning and cow-towing to the masses and eventual winner in the ghetto lottery.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

The numbers don't add up. NYC hasn't been as safe as it is in decades. What chaos are they referring to?

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

The mayor is touring the country trying to get nominated to a position he has no chance of winning and the police commissioner is taking the report from a deputy commissioner who is an anti cop as they get (and has never actually worked in law enforcement) regarding a maneuver that she knows nothing about (and experts agree was not a chokehold, nor did the medical examiner say was the cause of Mr. Garner's death). Oh, and multiple investigations said no crime was committed by the officer.

This is purely a political decision by the PC; and if the mayor didn't pressure him to do it, than the PC is even more worthless and spineless than the union thinks.

I'm surprised the patrol division of the NYPD isn't losing officers by the dozens, as there are plenty of other places that would treat them better than the so-called leadership in NYC

formallyonstreet
formallyonstreet

Have them check if this wasn't a legal hold in High School wrestling!!! There was an arm in so he could not have been choked!!!

LupoVecchio
LupoVecchio

When I read or hear about what's going on now days with my fellow LEOS I'm so glad I retired 30 years ago (DC Detective) when we had NO cell phones with cameras; no computers or Internet to deal with! I policed in the late 60's to early 90'! We had each others back and the support of the officials for the most part! Now I'm concerned for two of my nephews; one a SWAT officer the other a detective in the county. The wife says all the time "aren't you glad you're retired now"! AMEN! Stay safe my fellow LEOS!!

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Unfortunately, bodycam videos now a days, is just what it is, a video. People see it as they see a movie or tv show. With it comes a numbness to just seeing what they’re used to on TV, YouTube, and the internet without actual real emotion (adrenaline, fear, resistance, struggle, fatigue, and the fact of actually being there) And with this technology, comes with a price. People who judge and criticize will only see what they want to see no matter what it shows. And that’s what everything is based off of. Police reports may as well be obsolete, and all witness testimony not needed. Let the City do itself in. In my opinion, it has to reach rock bottom before anyone understands what will need to be done to fix the problem.

Woobie46
Woobie46

SUE each and every one of these usless, foolish and frightened city officials. Sue that bitch judge who went against ALL the evidence and recommended he be terminated. But mostly PERSONALLY sue that commisioner and that mayor. TAke every penny they have and then run them out of town on a rail AFTER you've tarred and feathered them. What incompetence! Mind boggling

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

If Mr. Garner would have simply obeyed the lawful order, this would have never happened, and he could have his day in court.

The guy was clearly obese and had an asthma attack or something. Officer Pantaleo was doing his job. All of the Left-wing sites are celebrating this. It's disgusting. The grand jury refused to indict him!

Not sure what is happening to my country these days. Everyone thinks that they don't have to obey the rules, and "resistance" against those that put their lives on the line for us on a daily basis is some kind of a noble act.

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

Garner should have lost some weight if he wanted to tussle with the cops, fat bastard had a heart attack.

Cow Tow, cow toe, cow tow, cow toe, cow tow.

les0060
les0060

NYPD Union stand tall.

Bstn
Bstn

The autopsy report showed no damage to any area of his neck, and it was determined that he died of a medical emergency induced by officers who were arresting him. The medical examiner declared it was a homicide. I totally have to question the MEs delaring this a homicide in first place, there was no injury to neck, suspect died of a medical emergency due to his own resistance to offiers who were lawfully trying to apprehend him, had he not resisted hed had been alive, you cant classify a medical emergency (probably due to his 350 lbs) precipitated by his own actions (out of shape man phyically resisting) as a homicide, thats total b.s.!!

rwingjr
rwingjr

When a person can't breathe, they can't talk. They can't even say they can't breathe. He wasn't choking or he wouldn't have been able to say anything.

tfort
tfort

Lynch should not publicly admit that the NYPD is not doing their job. Any officer who is allowing the streets to turn to “chaos”, needs to be fired.

investigator
investigator

Every single Officer in New York should call in sick for a week!!! Let the animals do what they want...see how that pig of a mayor handles that!

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

The moment Garner decided that he wasn't going to comply with officers, he put himself in this position and he did it on his own. He may have felt that what he was doing wasn't wrong, but he should have left that decision for a judge to decide. Instead he escalated the process by failing to follow simple verbal commands and fought with the officers using his size and strength to resist. These officers had little choice to use whatever method was feasible to bring this VERY LARGE man to the ground and force him into compliance. It's a shame and a tragedy. Garner sounds like a good man, father, grandfather, brother, etc. He could have continued to be that, but chose to further escalate a simple situation. Many lives were ruined that day on both sides.

bronx163
bronx163

Now that PC JIMMY THE NEW YORK POLICE DEPT’s community organizer commissioner has fired a cop for bs and lies, the streets will be given back to the skells and drug dealers.

Now cops know any mistake they make they will be fired on the spot. You have a PC who’s a fucking pussie and spineless coward. A mayor who hates the police. So cops are left behind enemy lines with no support of backup.

And FUCK ALL YOU COP HATERS AND LIBERAL PIECES OF SHIT WHO DESPISE THE POLICE BUT SURE AS HELL CALL THWM WHEN YOU ARE GETTING YOUR ASS HANDED TO YOU IN THE STREET.

CrowWingKid
CrowWingKid

Pantaleo for Mayor of NYC 👍🏻 Gitr dun

Marxest
Marxest

Lynch is just blowing into the dog-whistle, plain and simple. The NYPD is an excellent Law Enforcement Organization. One of the best in the world. It trains and fully supports its officers when they do their jobs correctly. That officer did not do his job correctly. Former officer "Joey Pants" used a choke hold, plain and simple. An illegal tactic and excessive force. It contributed to Mr Garners death. The video showing cold and callous officers not rendering Mr Garner any aid after he fell unconscious was damning to the department. Lets not forget that it was Former officer "Joey Pants" actions that inspired the shootings of two NYPD officers in December 2014. He was [partially responsible for that, make no mistake. His violence begat more violence and blood hit the streets. Joey pants firing was a good thing, that Italian is tainted goods. The NYPD doesn't need him, good riddance.